Up-to-date information is available through the State of Michigan
Tree Planting Program
Parks and Natural Resources
Prohibited Trees for Street Tree Planting
Tree of Heaven
Autumn and Russian-olive
Other Trees Not Recommended for Street Tree Planting
All varieties that bear seed (including "Crimson King") are considered invasive. Norway maples are also susceptible to disease, girdling roots, and general decline.
Due to popularity, red maples (especially certain varieties, e.g. ‘Red Sunset’) have been overplanted.
Buckeye and Horsechestnut
Seeds create a litter problem. Only seedless varieties should be used for tree lawn locations (between the sidewalk and street).
Female Kentucky Coffeetree
Seeds create a litter problem. Only male varieties should be used for tree lawn locations (between the sidewalk and street).
Seeds create a litter problem. Only seedless varieties should be used for tree lawn locations (between the sidewalk and street). Common sweetgum isn’t always hardy in Michigan. Varieties with proven hardiness include “Lane Roberts” and “Moraine.”
Blue (Colorado) Spruce
Susceptible to disease and storm damage.
Susceptible to disease.
Due to popularity, flowering pears have been overplanted. Their seeds create a litter problem, they fruit abundantly and are considered invasive. ‘Bradford’ is especially susceptible to storm damage.
Read the City's Street Tree Ordinance
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